Russia beat Egypt 3-1 with goal flurry
Russia won comfortably against Egypt to leave the Pharaohs World Cup future in the balance as a quick flurry of goals led to a 3-1 win for the tournament hosts. Salah’s penalty opened Egypt’s account for 2018.
Russia XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dyzuba.
Egypt XI: El-Shenawy; Fathr, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen.
After the opening games saw Russia defeat Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt lost 1-0 to Russia, Egypt went into the game knowing that the game as a must win. Alternatively, Russia knew that a win would see them through to the round of 16 with a game to spare.
Egypt started the game well with Trezeguet being the main danger man, however his curling effort to the far post went just wide without troubling Akinfeev.
Later in the half, Salah had a good chance of his own when the ball was dummied by Marwan Mohsen before finding Salah however he failed to wrap his foot around the ball enough.
After a somewhat lacklustre first half performance, Russia came out of the half time break flying as they broke the deadlock just two minutes in when a mishit shot found its way into the box and was turned into the net by Ahmed Fathi’s attempted clearance.
Not long later, Denys Cheryshev added to his tally after some excellent wing play by Mario Fernandes who beat his man before squaring the ball across to the winger who had a simple task to finish.
The flurry of goals continued as Artem Dzyuba made it 3-0 with a well taken goal as he beat both Hegazy and Gabr with some fine touches before finishing at El Shennawy’s near post.
With the game seemingly beyond all doubt, Cuper abandoned his normally defensive tactics to go all out for a goal. It eventually came when star man Mohamed Salah was hauled down in the box and he finished the penalty himself emphatically.
While there was another penalty appeal waved away, Egypt struggled to create another chance as the match finished 3-1.
The result means that Russia are through to the round of 16, while Egypt are reliant on a Saudi Arabia win tomorrow against Uruguay in order to have a chance of progressing.
Egypt’s next game is on Monday 25th June against neighbouring Saudi Arabia at 4PM Egyptian time.
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